Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston has pledged to stick with his policy of giving young players a chance to prove themselves in the first team.
He has been rewarded by an injection of energy but says the senior players have to help the youngsters make the transition from reserve grade.
“This year was always going to be one of having a look at people and giving them opportunities,” he said. “The young lads have done a great job and have given us enthusiasm but it gets drained out when mistakes are made.”
Aston has called up several reserves with son Cory, Jack Blagbrough, Alex Palmer and Tom Aston in the team that beat Workington.
Meanwhile, Eagles head of youth development Andrew Henderson was delighted to see the club partner with Sheffield Wednesday to boost their education programme for potential rugby players.
“The sound of the drum at the Eagles has always been that we are here to produce our own,” Henderson said. “It’s fantastic to build this partnership with Wednesday.”
It will see 16-18 year olds join Wednesday’s Performance Centre programme where they will take a BTEC course and have specialist rugby training from Eagles staff.